Strictly: Claudia Winkleman on returning to Blackpool
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The competition is hotting up on Strictly Come Dancing as the infamous trip to the Blackpool Tower arrives on Saturday. Former contestant Jamie Laing reflected on his time on the BBC show in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk as he opened up about the “intense” experience.
Speaking at the Pride of Britain Awards 2022, Jamie revealed what it’s really like to take part in the BBC competition.
He said: “Pixie Lott once said to me it’s the worst, most scariest thing you can ever do.
“And I was like, ‘Sure it is,’ and it is. It’s the scariest thing you can ever do.
“I just feel so sorry for them I know how intense it is but they’re killing it.”
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Jamie was partnered with Karen Hauer in 2020 and the couple made it through to the final.
This year, Karen was in a same-sex pairing with comedian Jayde Adams.
The pair made an early exit from the show but Jamie admitted he thought the pair had “smashed it”.
Reflecting on the Strictly couples, he said: “Nikita and [Ellie Simmonds] I thought were amazing.
“I loved Jayde I’m sad I thought Jayde was killing it. She was looking beautiful but sometimes it happens that way.”
Nikita and Ellie have also been eliminated from the competition after losing out in the dreaded dance-off.
Last weekend, Tony Adams narrowly missed out on making it to the Blackpool Week.
He found himself in the dance-off with Tyler West but was forced to pull out of the show after sustaining an injury during the live show.
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When asked about his time on the show, Tony said: “It’s been emotional guys, I cried for the first month. I came in here with one message, if you’ve got an issue with mental health then please don’t suffer in silence and reach out for help.
“Little did I know that I was going to learn a lot about myself in the process. I thought this ‘journey’ rubbish was nonsense, but my god the rollercoaster of emotion.
“I’ve got to be honest, it’s tough, physically it’s really tough out there, but dancing is really fantastic for you.
“Go out there and enjoy it and pick up new skills and explore. I suppose I had better mention this one [Katya] hadn’t I, she is an exceptional human being, she really is.”
Katya added: “Tony Adams, I will be forever grateful that I was partnered up with you, do you know what I loved?
“I loved us, I loved that we didn’t care what people thought, we did every single dance our way!
“You have come here with a message, you led by example, and put yourself out there, and showed everyone you can do anything. And everyone deserves love and to be loved! I love you.”
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 7.45pm.
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